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The Stylistics

After the Spinners and the O'Jays, the Stylistics were the leading Philly soul group produced by Thom Bell. During the early '70s, the band had 12 straight Top Ten hits, including "You Are Everything," "Betcha by Golly, Wow," "I'm Stone in Love With You," "Break Up to Make Up," and "You Make Me Feel Brand New." Of all their peers, the Stylistics were one of the smoothest and sweetest soul groups of their era. All of their hits were ballads, graced by the soaring falsetto of Russell Thompkins, Jr. and the lush yet graceful productions of Bell, which helped make the Stylistics one of the most successful soul groups of the first half of the '70s.

The Stylistics formed in 1968, when members of the Philadelphia soul groups the Monarchs and the Percussions joined forces after their respective band dissolved. Thompkins, James Smith, and Airrion Love hailed from the Monarchs; James Dunn and Herbie Murrell were from the Percussions. In 1970, the group recorded "You're a Big Girl Now," a song their road manager Marty Bryant co-wrote with Robert Douglas, a member of their backing band Slim and the Boys, and the single became a regional hit for Sebring Records. The larger Avco Records soon signed the Stylistics, and single eventually climbed to number seven in early 1971.

Once they were on Avco, the Stylistics began working with producer/songwriter Thom Bell, who had previously worked with the Delfonics. The Stylistics became Bell's pet project and with lyricist Linda Creed, he crafted a series of hit singles that relied as much on the intricately arranged and lush production as they did on Thompkins' falsetto. Every single that Bell produced for the Stylistics was a Top Ten R&B hit, and several -- "You Are Everything," "Betcha by Golly, Wow," "I'm Stone in Love With You," "Break Up to Make Up," and "You Make Me Feel Brand New" -- were also Top Ten pop hits.

Following "You Make Me Feel Brand New" in the spring of 1974, the Stylistics broke away from Bell and began working with Van McCoy, who helped move the group towards a softer, easy listening style. In 1976, they left Avco and signed with H&L. The group's American record sales declined, yet they remained popular in Europe, particularly in Great Britain, where "Sing Baby Sing" (1975), "Na Na Is the Saddest Word" (1975), "Can't Give You Anything" (1975), and "Can't Help Falling in Love" (1976) were all Top Five hits. The Stylistics continued to tour and record throughout the latter half of the '70s, as their popularity steadily declined. In 1980, Dunn left the group because of poor health, and he was followed later that year by Smith. The remaining Stylistics continued performing as a trio on oldies shows into the '90s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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sanrob487
I get so choked up after all these years
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Good Real. Good!!!!!
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Sang it baby just like this...mmm the best of the best
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Old skool music is WATSUP!#
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watuwazuri1
Just AWESOME!!!!! !
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Where did this type of music go
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I ❤️❤️❤️ this song , read bio
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scotinmilwa
I was blessed to have Known Russell& Son and wish I still had them here with us
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Great song!!!
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Right. On. Time!!!!!
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Such a magical sound.
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This song reminds me of my parents, this song breaks my heart for romance!!!!! ! !
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I miss this world ,we were so safe ,stick ball,wall ball my first kiss
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I don't think the Stylistics got enough credit.
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Love this song love love love omg n I'm only 35 years old
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Love the stylistics I wasn't born in this time but I grew up to this with my mom n aunt rest In peace aunty Cynthia aka black beauty love you
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This is the bomb! Tyker
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Yes we had music, the kind that told a story, u could understand and relate too all the words and they used respectful words, and uplifting even encouraging at times. Red & blue lights dipping and full play to bringing new life into this world and still playing good music for ur new bundle of joy making sure u play that song he or she was created too first why they laying in the crib ur two stepping with hair brush singing along Lmao I caught up and the time that's those oldies but a dam for sur
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Love the music of The Stylistics!
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We have got to get together and get back to love....list e n to music and open your hearts again
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Love this SONG.
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Beautiful music it makes me love my husband more and more
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dulcequeen20 1 0
People make the�� go round and round
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jhunt2052
that brings back old days so real
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5 star classic. Sweet nostalgia... . . . .
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Love we had stays on mind
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Amazing. Russell Thompkins still has a great voice.
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Beautiful. Song wish. I. Could. Turn. Back time
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I remember those days playing ur wonderful music. I will missed.
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Oh u an always has been my everything. Lets not ever 4get u spoke to my Daddy bout u&I.
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love the Stylistics
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Nice memories.
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Beautiful love song.Men really knew how to express their feelings then.Wonderf u l !
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You're everything and everything is you
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Good song
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True luv & care for our hearts.
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Nobody makes Great Music like this anymore.
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Great Song
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Love the classics. ..heck yeahhh. ...
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people still making the world go round
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Love the Stylistics. My coming of age music.
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A great band that had a sound that was undeniable their songs were truly one of a kind.... I remember the first time I heard People make the world go round epic....
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I love these guys OMG! Yes, yes
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I love this band even though they are before my time.
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Rachel I will break up with always just aslong we make up love ualeays. Cane 805
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Rachel you will always make me feel brand new yours cane 805
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Love the Sylistics, every song they did, love them all!!! This is when music, was music, great talent, lyrics, just beautiful love songs!
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jmcabanag
...always..l o v e youuuu..forr r r e v e r . . . s i n g i n g the song of love in da daze of my love.R.I.P.
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Reminds me of a time in a moment of a transcending space in my lyfe.
A defining moment in time!!!
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The Absolute Truth!!!
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